Millikan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Scotland, Millikan was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Wigtown, a former royal burgh in the Machars of Galloway in the south west of Scotland. This burgh is first mentioned in an indenture of 1292, and the fact that the sheriffdom was in existence at the time of the Largs campaign of 1263 suggests that the burgh may also have been recognized as such during the reign of Alexander III.

Early Origins of the Millikan family

The surname Millikan was first found in Wigtownshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Millikan family

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Millikan Spelling Variations

In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Millikan has been spelled Milligan, Millicen, Millicken, Milliken, Milligan and many more.

Early Notables of the Millikan family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Millikan family to Ireland

Some of the Millikan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Millikan family

Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them: Jane Mullican, listed in a land patent record in Maryland in 1674; Bryant Milligan, who is on record in Virginia in 1705; Alexander, Edward, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Martin, Samuel, Thomas and William Milligan all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.


Contemporary Notables of the name Millikan (post 1700) +

  • Ruth Garrett Millikan (b. 1933), American philosopher of biology, psychology, and language
  • Robert Andrews Millikan (1868-1953), American experimental physicist who won the 1923 Nobel Prize
  • Willard W. Millikan, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 13 aerial victories
  • Thomas Millikan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1916 [1]
  • R. T. Millikan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1928 [1]
  • Marcelline Millikan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1972 [1]
  • John R. Millikan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1928, 1932 (alternate) [1]
  • H. F. Millikan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1900 [1]
  • Frank M. Millikan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1896 [1]
  • Donald D. Millikan, American politician, Mayor of Salina, Kansas, 1969-70 [1]


The Millikan Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Regarde Bien
Motto Translation: Attend well.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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